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Town Events Jan. 25-Feb. 1

From The Reminder

EAST LONGMEADOW
AMERICAN LEGION DINNER
The American Legion, 3 Legion Ct., will be hosting a baked chicken dinner on Jan. 28 at 6 p.m. Menu also includes baked potato w/sour cream, vegetable, garden salad, rolls and butter, dessert and soda, tea or coffee. Other drinks will be available at the bar. Call Chris at 592-0596 or the Legion after 4 p.m. at 525-2058 for tickets. Cost: $9.50 per person.

SENIOR FRIENDSHIP CLUB
The E.L. Senior Friendship Club will play Winter Bingo on Jan. 28 at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St., following noon luncheon. Menu: shepherd's pie, five-way mixed vegetables and apricots. Call 525-5436 at least one day in advance for reservations.

AARP TAX ASSISTANCE
AARP Tax Aide Counselors will begin income tax processing at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St., Mondays beginning Feb. 1. Due to space limitations and a shortage of AARP tax preparers we will give priority to E.L. seniors. Out of town residents can call us for alternate site locations and/or can be put on a wait list. Call early for your appt. at 525-5436, or come in to sign up.

JEWELRY CLASS CANCELLED
Make your own jewelry with Sandy Merrill at the Pleasant View Senior Center has been cancelled for February. Join us on March 1 at 9:30 a.m.

FINANCIAL SEMINAR
John Dee, President of Wealth Preservation Group, will speak at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St., on Jan. 26 at 1 p.m. on the "Greatest Financial Dangers Retirees Face." Register by calling 525-5436.

UNDERSTANDING OSTEOARTHRITIS
Ross Davis from Gentiva Health Care will be at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St., on Jan. 27 at 1 p.m. to talk about what osteoarthritis is and how to manage it. Call 525-5436 to register.

BEGINNER ACRYLIC PAINTING
A minimum of 10 students is needed for this new course taking place at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St., beginning Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. Instructor Barbara Gordon will guide students in drawing from picture or still life display, no portraits. Emphasis will be on drawing, color mixing, and shading. Cost is $80 for eight weeks (two hour classes -- supplies extra). Call 525-5436 to register.

MEMOIR WRITING COURSE
Writing coach Donna Bailey-Thompson will lead this six week course in Memory Writing at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St., beginning Feb. 4 at 1 p.m. Memoir Writing is not-fiction that has benefited from re-visiting a memory. Cost is $60 for six weeks, $50 for age 60 and over. Call 525-5436 to register.

PIONEER VALLEY SOCCER CHANGES
The E.L. Rec. Dept./Soccer Assoc. announces a change in the deadline to register for the spring season of Pioneer Valley soccer to Feb. 5 by 4 p.m. Those in grades 3 - 8 are eligible to play. Come in Office Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. to register.

WOMEN'S AEROBICS
The E.L. Rec. Dept's. women's aerobics Mon./Wed. class will begin its new season on Feb. 1 for 10 weeks. Those 60 and over receive a $5 discount. Come into the Office from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mon. - Fri. to register.

REC. DEPT. ACTIVITY GROUP NIGHT
The E.L. Rec. Dept. announces a sports/activity group night with the Springfield Falcons and the Providence Bruins on Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. at the MassMutual Center. The Rec. Dept.'s own youth cheerleaders will perform during the second intermission. All tickets are $10 ($1 returned to child's sports activity with the Rec. Dept.). Order form available at the Rec. Dept. must be returned by Feb. 10. For more info, call the Rec. Dept. at 525-5437 or Frank Petruzzello at 531-6954.

SPRINGFIELD ARMOR REC. NIGHT
The E.L. Rec. Dept. and the Springfield Armor are sponsoring an E.L. Rec. Night on Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. at the MassMutual Center. Opponent is the Reno Big Horns. Tickets are $10 if purchased by Feb. 12 at the Rec. Office. Come into Rec. Dept., 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mon. - Fri. to purchase tickets.

FUN & FIT KIDS PROGRAM
The E.L. Rec. Dept. Fun & Fit Kids program at Attain Sports Performance still has room for those ages 1 - 5 years. Classes meet Tues. and/or Thurs. from 10 - 11 a.m. Classes are infused with structured activities that will help enhance your child's development and gross motor skills. Classes include activities in rolling, balance, songs, hopping and jumping, walking and running, ball play to kicking, catching, skipping, throwing. Come into the Rec. Dept., 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mon. - Fri. to register or you may register at Attain, 80 Denslow Rd.

SPRING SPORTS REGISTRATIONS
The E.L. Rec. Dept. announces registrations for spring sports are being taken in the Rec. Dept. baseball, girls softball, intown and P.V. soccer, boys/girls lacrosse. Come into Rec. Dept., Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. to register.

AFTER SCHOOL BOWLING PROGRAM
The E.L. Rec. Dept./Shaker Bowl announce an afterschool bowling program from Jan. 25 - April 5 on Mondays. Weekly fee is $11 which includes 1.5 hours of bowling, shoe rental, one-way bus transportation from Mt. View and Mapleshade (parents pick up at end of program). Call 525-5437 for more info.

BABYSITTING CLASS
The E.L. Rec. Dept. announces an American Red Cross babysitting class Feb. 16 - 18 at Birchland Middle School for those in grades 7 and 8. For more info and to register call 525-5437, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mon. - Fri.

COMMODITIES DISTRIBUTION
We will be distributing commodities on Feb. 17 from 1 - 3 p.m. To qualify you must be an E.L. resident of any age and show proof of need. Commodities are distributed four times a year, and this will be the first distribution for 2010. If you need a ticket, sign up in the Senior Center office prior to Feb. 17. No commodities will be given without a ticket.

ELHS OPEN HOUSE
The E.L. High School will host its second semester open house on Feb. 11 at 6:30 p.m. Parents will meet in the auditorium, then will visit their teenager's classes at 10-min. intervals throughout the remainder of the evening. Teachers will provide parents with an overview of their courses and state their goals for the semester.

"E.L IDOL" PERFORMANCE TRAINING
The E.L. Rec. Dept. still has room in its Dan Kane "E.L. Idol" youth performance training week, April 19 - 23, at Birchland Park Middle School. This is open to youth ages 8 - 14 or in grades 3 - 8. "Finale" to week of training culminates in a dinner show at Elmcrest Country Club on April 23. This is a benefit for Friends of Rec. For more info, call 525-5437.

GREATER SPRINGFIELD
PIONEER VALLEY STAMP CLUB
The Pioneer Valley Stamp Club will meet on Feb. 9 and 23 at the First United Church of Christ on Route 5 (corner of Longmeadow and Williams Street). Activities for the evening include a mini-auction and a short meeting. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a shop and swap. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. Visitors, collectors and other interested parties are welcome to attend. Visit us at www.pioneervalleystampclub.org. Call Bev at 860-623-6975 or Dave at 783-2809 for further info.

ADOPTION INFORMATION MEETING
Jan. 31. This free program is open to all individuals and families who would like to learn about international and domestic adoption opportunities. The program will take place at the Springfield Jewish Community Center from 1 - 2:30 p.m. For more info or to register contact Jewish Family Service at 737-2601 or Good Hope Adoption Services (866) 50-ADOPT.

LONGMEADOW
SCHOOL BUILDING COMMITTEE
There will be a meeting of the School Building Committee on Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Longmeadow High School Guidance Conference Room, 95 Grassy Gutter Rd.

DISCOUNTED FALCONS TICKETS
The Longmeadow Parks & Rec. Dept. is offering discounted $11 tickets for Springfield Falcons games at the MassMutual Center. Longmeadow Parks & Rec. will receive $1 from each ticket sold. Ticket vouchers may be purchased at the Parks & Rec. office and exchanged at the MassMutual Center box office for any home game. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info.

LONGMEADOW BASEBALL ASSOC.
Those ages 8 - 19 may participate in this instructional baseball program with a major emphasis on skill development. Competition is age group appropriate. New players to Longmeadow baseball must show a birth certificate at the time of registration to be eligible to play. The seasons will continue into July. Registration dates at the Community House are as follows: Feb. 6 from 10 a.m. - noon, Feb. 24 from 7 - 9 p.m. and Feb. 27 from 10 a.m. - noon. Registrations can also be made starting on Feb. 8 in the LPRD office at the Community House. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info.

TEEN CENTER
Youths in grades 6 - 8 are welcome to enjoy a supervised evening out on Fridays from 7 - 10 p.m. at the Greenwood Center. Admission is $7 per person. Enjoy dancing and games as well as theme nights and activities! School dress codes are followed. Teen Center is run and staffed by area college students. Call Cristina Judd at 565-4163 with any questions. Teen Center dates are Feb. 5, March 5, April 9, May 14 and June 4. Join the Longmeadow Parks & Recreation Teen Center group on Facebook for upcoming events and additional info!

CRIBBAGE LEAGUE
New members always welcome, but come with experience. Approx. 25 - 30 players attend each night and play nine 15-min. games. For additional info call Jim Russell at 567-0700 or Bob Arnold at 283-8438. Cribbage meets on Tues., 7 - 9:45 p.m. ongoing through June 3 at Greenwood Center. There is a fee.

NEW MOMS SUPPORT GROUP
Come share your success stories about the new little person in your life. Gain support from other parents, meet new friends and establish bonds with other new parents. Program meets during the school year on Thurs. from 10 - 11 a.m. at Greenwood Children's Center. This group is open to new parents and their infants from birth to one year of age. This program is offered free of charge in conjunction with Baystate Medical Center Parent Education Dept. Call Convy Stahl at 794-5515 for more info.

RED SOX VS. CLEVELAND
See the Boston Red Sox take on the Cleveland Indians on Aug. 2 at Fenway Park. Game time is 7:05 p.m. Seats are located in first base roof boxes, sections 23-25 as well as right field box 94. Price includes coach bus, game ticket and box lunch. Bus leaves Greenwood Children's Center at 4 p.m. and returns approx. 12:30 a.m. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.

MEN'S BASKETBALL
Evening pick up games at Glenbrook Gym provide the opportunity for a great workout, competition and fun. Players must be out of high school to participate. Basketball meets on Thurs. through April 29 from 8:30 - 10 p.m. Visit www.LPRD.net for more info and registration.

MUSICAL NOTES FOR INFANTS, TODDLERS & PRESCHOOLERS
Newborn - age 3. Clap, sing and move with your child in this program. Music is known to increase a child's emotional intelligence, creativity and social skills. These six week programs will integrate singing, music and use of various instruments. All classes meet on Tues. mornings Feb. 23 - March 30 in the After School Room at Greenwood Children's Center. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.

CO-ED VOLLEYBALL
Pick up games are non-officiated, with teams calling their own violations. This fun, non-competitive atmosphere allows players to improve their skills. It is a great way to stay active and meet new people. Players with basic volleyball skills are urged to join. Volleyball meets on Mon. from 8 - 10 p.m. at Glenbrook Gym. Visit www.LPRD.net for registration and more info.

SENIOR MEN'S VOLLEYBALL
Fun pick up games for men ages 50+. Players call their own violations. Approx. 15 players show each Monday night. A great way to stay fit. Some player's prepare for the senior Olympics in June during this program. Volleyball is going on now through June 7 from 7:45 - 9:15 p.m. in the Greenwood Center Gym. Visit www.LPRD.net for registration and more info.

SPRINGFIELD
MEDICINAL FOODS LECTURE
Ellen Evert Hopman, author of "Priestess of the Forest," "Druids Herbal for Sacred Tree Medicine," "Being a Pagan," ""People of the Earth," "Walking the World in Wonder" and "Tree Medicine Tree Magic," will be book signing and speaking about medicinal kitchen foods. Hopman, a Master Herbalist, will teach how to use the foods in our kitchens as our medicine. The free lecture is at Better Life Whole Foods, 1500 Allen St., on Jan. 30 with snow date of Feb. 6, at 2 p.m. For registration call 783-9424 ext. 2.

RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE
The Ronald McDonald House of Springfield announces its "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" Gala Feb. 6, 7 p.m., at the Log Cabin Banquet and Meeting House, 500 Easthampton Rd., Holyoke. Individual tickets are $100. To purchase tickets call 794-5683.

WIRE HEART QUICK CLINIC
Feb. 6 at 10:30 a.m. Learn to make a sterling silver wire heart pendant in this quick clinic. Great for beginners. Instruction is free with small materials charge per heart made. Call Simply Beadiful at 782-0288 to sign up. Visit www.Simplybeadiful.com for more info. Simply Beadiful is located at 1916 1/2 Wilbraham Rd.

WILBRAHAM
GARDEN CLUB FEBRUARY MEETING
The Wilbraham Garden Club will host their next meeting on Feb. 4 at The Gardens of Wilbraham, 2301 Boston Rd. There will be a light luncheon at noon followed by speaker Master Gardener Toi Graham. The presentation will be titled "The Garden Path to Conservation." It will be a survey of conservation techniques for the garden such as reducing the need for water, chemicals and polluting equipment, using native plants, constructing a rain garden and an introduction to new low maintenance turf grasses.

HISTORY OF SHRINERS HOSPITAL
The Women's Evening Fellowship has invited Wilbraham resident Craig Kazin to share a brief history of the Shriners' Hospital and the work that the Shriners do to maintain it. Join us for this program, followed by fellowship and refreshments. We meet in the Friendship Room of Wilbraham United Church at 7:30 p.m. Both men and women are welcome!

SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING
The Hampden-Wilbraham Regional School Committee will host an open meeting on Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Minnechaug Regional High School Media Center, 621 Main St.


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